Farmers Count Loses as Storm Destroys Banana Plantations

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According to Ondoma, some of the destroyed banana plants were nearing harvest. He says the destruction has hit a lot since the bananas are his source of livelihood. Ondoma earns Shillings 450,000 each month from his two acre banana plantation.

Banana farmers in Logiri Sub County in Arua district are counting loses following a heavy storm that destroyed their plantations on Saturday night. Kefa Ondoma, one of the model farmers in Logiri Sub County, says he lost two acres of banana plantations in the storm.
 
According to Ondoma, some of the destroyed banana plants were nearing harvest. He says the destruction has hit a lot since the bananas are his source of livelihood. Ondoma earns Shillings 450,000 each month from his two acre banana plantation.

 
Emmanuel Anguyo a farmer from Tobolia village in Chiaba parish says his three acre banana plantation was destroyed by the storm. He says they intend to seek support from the district.

 
Anguyo says he earns 500,000 Shillings from his banana plantation but his hopes have been destroyed because of the destruction. Yovan Adriko, the Logiri sub county LC3 chairman whose banana plantation was partly affected has advised farmers to plant trees around their gardens to work and wind breakers.

 
He also appealed to the district authorities to extend a hand to the farmers whose crops have been destroyed. Luiji Candini, the Arua District product secretary, says they don't have a budget for disaster. He however, says they will look for an alternative source of income to support the farmers.